Before the Coffee

January 14, 2008

The TV show “24”

Filed under: Washington DC — beforethecoffee @ 11:27 am

While cruising through DC with camera in hand I saw a crowd gathering in the distance. It’s the kind of thing we all want to check out. A film crew was shooting for the show “24.” Pretty cool but had they checked with a local like me, I could’ve told them a better spot for filming the Treasury Building just 1/2 block away, see this pic: Here

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I’ll never complain my camera is heavy.
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November 6, 2007

Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz at the Corcoran

Filed under: Washington DC — beforethecoffee @ 12:08 pm

The brochures for the show at the Corcoran. The most moving pic of Annie’s is the fallen bicycle of a teenage boy just killed by a sniper. Annie actually put him in her car and he died on the way to the hospital. The bottom right pic is Annie’s brother Philip and father. Annie’s two famous shots of which she received awards are of John Lennon taken the day he was shot and the iconic image of Demi Moore for Vanity Fair.

Here is Annie’s shot of Nicole Kidman

Cindy Crawford

Ansel Adams’ gallery

October 26, 2007

Meet David

Filed under: people, Washington DC — beforethecoffee @ 1:12 pm

David is a lonely man living on the streets of DC, he told me so. So naturally, I take the high road and tell David that I’ve got a nice blonde girl for him to meet. Remember Cindy, see a few posts ago for Cindy’s picture. I think they would make a nice couple. David is smart, a little shy and best of all sober. Cindy is gentle, caring and very chatty. Now I just have to get David to the other side of town for them to meet. I see a reality TV show in the making.

October 18, 2007

Musician writes about Abraham

Filed under: Washington DC — beforethecoffee @ 4:00 pm

When shooting around the monument I met Peter Lerman and his friend Cindy. He’s a local Virgina musician that was putting together a video for his latest song “Abraham.” He picked the right place to do the video. At first they tried to scoot out of camera view and I asked them to “stay in the picture, I’d love to get some clicks of you.”

If you want to check out the song he’s on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/peterlerman

October 12, 2007

The National Catherdral

Filed under: HDR, Washington DC — beforethecoffee @ 7:57 am

Jerry Hayes of flickr asks: “Hey Ferrell, how many exposures and what spacing did you use… if you don’t mind me asking.”

Hey Jerry,
HDR was made for scenes like this. It’s high contrast; a single image was not even close to capturing the full dynamic range. The anti-HDR photographers would have never been able to pull this one off. The single image would either be loaded with noise inside or blown outside.

This was 7 images at 1ev spacing and that was comfortably within the DR of the scene.

Jerry has some pretty cool HDR work at his flickr site, also some LucisArt. Jerry is a printer and a self-professed “big kid”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryhayesaustin/

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